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Seunghwan Oh signs with Korean team


It’s full circle for the reliever known as “The Final Boss.” Seunghwan Oh has signed a one-year deal with the Samsung Lions of the Korea Baseball Organization. Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News Agency tweeted the report.

Oh pitched 21 ghastly games for the Rockies this year before undergoing season-ending surgery to remove loose bodies from his elbow. The Rockies were not all that interested in waiting for the 37-year-old reliever’s 2020 return and released him at the end of July. It’s likely the end of his U.S. big league career. If so, he finishes it with four seasons under his belt, having posted a 3.31 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 252/56 in 225.2 innings over 232 appearances for the Cardinals, Blue Jays and Rockies. He saved 42 games, all but three of which came for the Cardinals. In the two years prior to his jump to the big league he pitched for Hanshin in Japan.

Now he’s back in Korea where he starred for Samsung between 2005 and 2013, during which he saved a KBO-record 277 games. He’ll have to wait to pitch again in Korea, however, as he both has to recover from this injury and, um, serve a 72-game suspension for his involvement in a gambling scandal in which he was found to have gambled in a Macau casino, which violated KBO rules against overseas gambling.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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